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100 Bucks, 250 Cards. Oh Yeah.

You spoke, we listened. You wanted affordable letterpress business cards, and now you can have them. If you don't mind a longer turnaround, and black ink you can get 250 letterpressed calling cards for only $95. You can even supply your own design.

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Lions and Llamas and Candy, Oh My!
Posted on July 28th, 2011 // Letterpress, News, Posters & Prints, Printing //

Candyvore* images courtesy of Shyama Golden

We love a lot of things around here. I mean, we’re already 1-up on a lot of people just by working at a letterpress shop. So, instead of rubbing it in your face, we choose to share the love. Some of the things we love, are, but not limited to: bulldogs, that steam engine sound the S-model cylinder makes, the shop swamp cooler, saying ‘hello’, and Shyama Golden. Shyama (rhymes with llama), is pretty fly. When was the last time you heard ‘fly’? We also love In Living Color. So, being the radical person she be, whenever she requests us to print one of her amazing designs, we jump right in. We love Shyama today and this post is for her since we feel lucky to be able to print with such a great designer and we’re feeling extra lovey-dovey today.

Her ‘Candyvore’ poster design was printed on our Vandercook model-4 and we used a split-fountain technique to run the colors together in 1 pass instead of a 2-color run. It’s printed on Cranes Lettra 110# Ecru for that warm feeling. It’s as though printing with a split-fountain, in a way, mirrors the sentiment of the piece. It walks a fine line between wanting to cuddle with a wild cat who only eats piñata candy, and the sheer danger of lions and binge eating. Split-fountain inking can either ruin your day or make you extremely happy, and with this ‘Candyvore’ print it was definitely the latter.

We also threw in some other works that we’ve printed for Shyama in the gallery…enjoy!


  1. iris

    Beautiful work!!!! congratulations!!

  2. gustavo berocan

    that’s really nice job. i’m dying to print on letterpress. is it expensive to print a poster like this?

  3. Danielle

    Thank you!

    We can definitely price something out for you. Each job varies quite a bit, so we’d need an idea of how many colors, exact size, etc. Feel free to send us an email


Deseret Tarot and a Swarm of Bees
Posted on July 22nd, 2011 // Letterpress, Posters & Prints, Printing //

Secrets and Symbols of the Deseret

We love to work with the AIGA. For those unfamiliar, the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) do for design what the Shriners do for brotherly love, and designers that are a part of the AIGA aren’t required to parade around driving miniature Corvettes while wearing funny hats. The AIGA strives to create a cultural forum and foundation for any professional designer. They are really quite awesome.

So, lucky us, the AIGA will be hosting next year’s conference in Salt Lake City. Yay! Like the passing of the Olympic torch, we were asked to provide a snippet of what Utah is all about so the AIGA could get a taste of what they’re in for. Naturally, we have an expert (of sorts) on all things Utah – Dan Christofferson. Dan created the artwork for this piece and we couldn’t have dreamed a better result.

Dan is super zealous when it comes to the interesting, if not at times absurd, Utah history. I’m sure most people think they have an idea of the goings on around here because of a certain HBO show, but rest assured, we’re pretty sure that most of us don’t have multiple wives, invest in reservation casinos, nor do we have grandmothers hustling parrots across the border. However, we do have some wacky history.

An excerpt from the piece:

An engorged seagull, a solid gold railroad spike, a cryptic alphabet…Within this deck of cards, the AIGA Salt Lake Chapter has gone through great lengths to unearth and translate the six most sacred and intriguing symbols of this culture.

Printing this piece involved some extra, fine-tuning. Lucky for us we’re equipped with the Heidelberg ‘S’ Cylinder press that can churn out an 16″x24″ print (actually it can print up to about 19″x27″). We then die-cut it and hand-rounded the corners. We’re not going to lie, registration on this double-sided, 4 color piece was no walk in the park. We used Dur-O-Tone Butcher Off White paper that was kindly donated by French Paper. Also, obtaining consistent ink coverage on a sheet this large is always a challenge. It’s pieces like this that make our hearts swoon.

We’re excited to have the AIGA come to our humble Salt Lake City. We’ll be welcoming everyone with open arms, swarms of bees, some long-haired hit man, and our 55 wives.




  1. Wren

    These look fantastic. The texture of the paper really adds to the overall look of the designs.

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  3. Craig

    this is amazing. how can i order or get a print of this? truly amazing.

    thanks, craig


Posted on July 15th, 2011 // Business cards, Letterpress, News //

So, we know, it looks as though we’ve been so busy that we’ve somehow neglected our blog…again. Well the time has come friends, we won’t stand for our own inactivity any longer. Consider this a promise to post.

We moved into a fantastic new spot. It’s taken us a minute to settle in and now we’re back into the swing of things.

Our friend  Spencer Charles, hand lettering extraordinaire, created an amazing sign to put in front of our shop. New digs, new sign. It is hand-painted and hands down awesome. This sign also gives us the chance to reiterate our great $95 calling card option. If a classic statement is your kind of gig, then our $95 cards are for you. We print them in black ink on white #110 (or#220, but will raise the price slightly) or chipboard, we have a plethora of designs to choose from, or you can even supply your own design. It really is almost too good to be true. Oh, black is too plain for you, you say? Have no fear – we can add colored edging to make your card standout (for a slight additional cost).

So, in this instance, yes, we are encouraging a drive-by from you. Especially the kind of drive-by where you stop in.

spencer charles hand letter sign


  1. Norik Davtian

    I ordered 250 of these cards with blue edges and I should say it was the best investment ever for my freelance service. Now my business cards scream “quality of service.”

    Thanks Mandate Press

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  3. Danielle

    Spencer is quite the talent!

  4. Danielle

    Yes! Quality is key. Glad to be of service.

  5. joyce

    planning to start my little crafty business soon and this is where i’m definitely going to get my business cards…i love letterpress and can’t believe the price!

  6. Danielle

    Yay! We are looking forward to it.


Letterpress Laboratory Seeking Summer Interns
Posted on April 19th, 2011 // Jobs, News //

The Mandate Press is currently accepting resumés for summer internships! We’re in search of two or three talented and responsible people interested in working at a world renowned letterpress shop.

Internship positions available:

• Letterpress Printing & Production
• Design & Prepress
• Retail Support
• Marketing

No experience necessary, however the right candidates will be willing to learn and work hard in a fast paced environment to help produce, finish, and ship some of the highest quality letterpress printing available today.

In exchange for your hard work, you’ll receive an education in the ever evolving world of modern letterpress and the potential for FT employment upon internship completion.

Send your resumé, the position(s) you’re interested in, and a list of reasons we should hire you to:

People who hate music and/or dogs need not apply.


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  2. Carina

    Jealous I live so far away. Otherwise, I’d jump on this opportunity! Good luck finding the right people.

  3. Matt Scribner

    I love all the work you guys do! I would love to be an intern for the summer be able to work in letterpress and be a part of what you do!

  4. Katherine Allred

    So exciting. I’m all over this.